Plunge deep into nature at this narrow lake park. Steep mountainsides, pristine water, alpine scenery and peaceful environment make Paonia a haven for water and nature lovers.
Camp near a babbling stream, water-ski on a mountain reservoir, have a picnic, observe wildlife, all in view of the majestic Ragged Mountains. The park's natural beauty and abundance of wildflowers make it a "must see" for photographers and nature lovers.
Only on Highway 133, the county road or the campground roads; no trails, nor any other space conducive for biking.
Boating activities allowed from mid-June until mid-August, or until the water level drops enough to close the boat ramp. At that point, only carry on boats are allowed.
15 primitive campsites are available in two different campgrounds. No drinking water available at the park. BRING YOUR OWN WATER and don't forget the mosquito repellant!
Cross-country is allowed on the empty lake bottom if there is enough snow.
Dogs are welcome in the park as long as:
they are on a six foot or shorter leash at all times
their waste is properly disposed of
Short period of fishing in reservoir from mid-June to mid-August. Fly fishing for trout on streams below dam is more productive.
There are no hiking trails at the park.
There is no place at the park to ride
Big game hunting is allowed, in season, with conventional methods. Hunters must stay 100 yards away from any campground or picnic area.
Stay off the ice. The ice is never safe due to open pot holes and general instability caused by bubbling natural gas.
Stay off the ice. Ice is thin and unstable due to bubbling natural gas.
Jet-skis are required to travel in the same counter-clockwise direction as water skiers.
Three tables are located at the boat ramp and another six tables can be found below the dam at the Anthracite Area. Two of six tables at the Anthracite Area are ADA approved for the physically challenged.
When the reservoir is full, you can ski up to two miles in one direction before you have to turn around!
The campground is closed during the winter months.
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
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